The Dubai International cricket stadium hosted yet another thrilling match as the Royal Challengers Bangalore locked horns with their southern rivals Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB posted 163 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. SRH who came into the chase looked well and truly comfortable until their captain David Warner got out in the second over in the most unfortunate way.
Bangalore who were put in to bat first by Warner and co. put on 163 runs in 20 overs, courtesy of some brutal hitting from the young Devdutt Padikkal at top of the order along with the classical ABD finish at the end. Padikkal scored 56 runs of 42 balls and AB De Villiers scored 51 of 30 balls. SRH who came into bat in the second innings, looked very comfortable at one point to chase down this total. The usual dangerous opening pair of Warner and Bairstow started their partnership beautifully. But as they began getting into their groove, David Warner was run-out in the most unfortunate way possible.
The incident happened in the second over of the match. Umesh Yadav was bowling to Jonny Bairstow. He bowled an ordinary pitched up delivery that was smashed back straight by Bairstow. But the ball which was hammered down straight went onto hit the non-striker’s stumps, and fortunately for RCB Umesh had somehow managed to get a hand on that. It, therefore, ended Warner’s short stay at the crease. He was out for just 6 runs from 6 balls.
After Warner’s wicket, Bairstow and Manish Pandey put on a great partnership that almost took SRH home. Bairstow scored 61 of 43 balls, whereas Pandey scored 34 of 33 balls. But after their dismissal, the rest of the batting order collapsed badly, and hence they were forced to shut their innings down on 153 runs in 19.4 overs. Priyam Garg was the only batsmen from the rest of the line-up who crossed the two figure mark. The chase also saw some bizarre and unfortunate incidents like Rashid Khan bumping onto non-striker Abhishek Sharma while taking a run, hence inflicting a run-out and the match also saw Mitchell Marsh limping on to the ground to save them from the collapse, even though he was badly injured.
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